Pakistan squad for asia cup 2023 and schedule

Pakistan squad for asia cup 2023 and schedule : Pakistan have made an addition to their Asia Cup 2023 squad. Middle-order batter Saud Shakeel has been added to Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad with Tayyab Tahir named as the travelling reserve.

Shakeel wasn’t a part of the initial 17-member squad and was the 18th member of the ODI squad for the Afghanistan bilateral series. Tahir, who was initially in the squad, didn’t play a game in the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan. He will travel with the team during the Asia Cup as a reserve player.

Shakeel, who made a return to the ODI squad for the Afghanistan series, played only a solitary game and made nine runs. 

Pakistan will play Nepal in their first game of Asia Cup on August 30 in Multan. The team will arrive in Multan on August 27 with Babar Azam, Imam ul Haq and Naseem Shah joining up with the group on Monday evening.

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Pakistan cricket team news update

Inzamam-ul-Haq, the head of the national men’s selection committee, today announced squads for the ACC Men’s Asia Cup and the three-match One-Day International series against Afghanistan. An 18-player squad will take on Afghanistan in Sri Lanka from 22 till 26 August and it will be trimmed to 17 players for the Asia Cup, which begins from the Multan Cricket Stadium on 30 August when Pakistan play Nepal.

  • Openers: Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq
  • Middle order: Babar Azam (captain), Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Tayyab Tahir and Saud Shakeel (only for Afghanistan series).
  • Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Haris
  • Spinners: Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Mohammad Nawaz and Usama Mir
  • Pace all-rounder: Faheem Ashraf
  • Pacers: Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi 

Tayyab Tahir, Faheem Ashraf and Saud Shakeel have been included in the squad for the Afghanistan series. Shan Masood and Ihsanullah are the two players from the squad that played New Zealand in the five ODIs in April and May to miss out.

Faheem returns to the side after two years and further adds to the balance of the side as a fast bowling all-rounder. His last outing in the format was during Pakistan’s three-match away series against England in July 2021. 

This is Tayyab’s second call-up in the ODI side. His maiden call-up came ahead of the three ODIs against New Zealand in January following a stellar show in the Pakistan Cup 2022-23 that saw him finish as the leading run-getter in the event. The right-handed middle-order batter recently struck a scintillating century to orchestrate Pakistan Shaheens’ thumping 128-run win over India A in the ACC Men’s Emerging Cup final.

Saud, who does not feature in the Asia Cup squad, has played five ODIs and his last was in March 2022 when Pakistan chased down 348 against Australia with six wickets in hand in Lahore. 

Shan has missed out on selection following a string of low-scores, while Ihsanullah is undergoing a rehabilitation programme under the observation of the PCB’s medical panel following an injury in his bowling elbow. 

The team will assemble in Hambantota on 18 August with the players in Pakistan departing on 17 August. The players in Pakistan will hold a three-day camp on 14, 15 and 16 August at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore. 

Pakistan squad for asia cup 2023

Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Tayyab Tahir (travelling reserve).

Asia Cup 2023 schedule / fixtures

DATEGROUP STAGEVENUE
30-AUGPAKISTAN v NEPALMULTAN, PAK
31-AUGBANGLADESH v SRI LANKAKANDY, SL
2-SEP PAKISTAN v INDIAKANDY, SL
3-SEP BANGLADESH v AFGHANISTANLAHORE, PAK
4-SEPINDIA v NEPALKANDY, SL
5-SEP AFGHANISTAN v SRI LANKALAHORE, PAK
 SUPER 4s 
6-SEP A1 v B2LAHORE, PAK
9-SEP B1 v B2COLOMBO, SL
10-SEP A1 v A2COLOMBO, SL
12-SEP A2 v B1COLOMBO, SL
14-SEPA1 v B1COLOMBO, SL
15-SEP A2 v B2COLOMBO, SL
17-SEP FINALCOLOMBO, SL
Asia Cup 2023 schedule / fixtures
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